We will deal with Niger Delta militants like we dealt with Boko Haram – Buhari

Armed militants 
Photo: Buzz Nigeria
Armed militants Photo: Buzz Nigeria

The Nigerian government will treat Niger Delta armed fighters as terrorists and deal with them in a similar manner to Boko Haram unless they agree to negotiate, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

Mr. Buhari, whose government has succeeded in taming the Boko Haram insurgents and largely limited their activities to Borno State, said this in Kenya according to his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

Armed militants in the Niger Delta region have claimed responsibility for several attacks on oil and gas installations that have reduced Nigeria’s oil output by half and worsened the electricity situation in the country.

A group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, recently indicated its willingness to negotiate with the government. It asked that an elder statesman from the region, Edwin Clark, be part of the negotiation team that should also include officials of relevant multinational oil companies.

While speaking at a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Buhari indicated his government would use maximum force to deal with the militants if peace efforts failed.

“We are talking to some of their leaders,” he said. “We will deal with them as we dealt with Boko Haram if they refuse to talk to us.”

“As a government, we know our responsibility, which is to secure the environment. It is clear to us that lenders won’t fund projects in insecure environments.

“We realize that we have to secure the country before we can efficiently manage it,” the President added.

Speaking at another interview with journalists in Kenya, Mr. Buhari expressed doubt in the unilateral ceasefire recently announced by the Avengers.

‘‘We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire,” he said.

“We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues.”

The Nigerian military has continued its offensive against the militants, whose demand include local control of oil resources, despite the ceasefire announced by the avengers.

On Saturday, Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, announced some successes against the armed militants.

“The 133 Special Forces Battalion of Nigerian Army troops have carried out a precursor operation to Exercise CROCODILE SMILE aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities in the Niger Delta geo-political region of Nigeria.

“In the course of the operation, five militants that attacked the troops were killed in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested,” Mr. Usman, a colonel, said of the attack that happened on Friday.

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  • Good Samaritan

    Good news… Criminals cannot represent the views of Niger-Deltans

    • Apostel

      yep, 100 % correct

    • Otile

      Fulani wholesale murder is good news to you. May Fulani murders decimate your family.

      • Good Samaritan

        I believe the reason why Government investing more in education this time around is so that people of your calibre can become enlightened and civil. You truly have no substance to share.

        • Otile

          I cannot share good substance with primitive people. That will be like giving your precious metal to the swine who in turn tramples it underfoot and turns around to attack you.

          • Mufu Ola

            The same primitive people that always outsmart you?

          • Otile

            Do you call cheating outsmarting? Unfortunately you cannot prevent primitive people from cheating. If you protest they attack and kill you.

          • Good Samaritan

            Who is primitive? Is it the man who God has ordained with all the compassion and grace to lead and influence Nigerians? Or is it the man who God has decided to use in guiding you to retrace your ill thoughts towards other Nigerians? For your information, Nigeria is too precious for your kind. It belongs to only those who are indiscriminately desirous and committed to peace, unity and nation building.

          • Otile

            You don’t unite people by force of arms. You can only unite people with fairness. A ruler who practices nepotism and cronyism cannot bring peace. God hates leaders who discriminates among his subjects. The rule of 97%, 5%, or even ‘what do Igbos want…” is evil. Think about it.

          • Good Samaritan

            Your views are bleak. Buhari’s statement during his US trip was “It is not unusual for those who gave you 95% of the votes to expect all the development, against those who voted only 5%. But even if i decide to do that you (the journalist) will be the first to detect. If I do this, then I will be going against the constitution”. The man never discriminated. Besides, he is the president of Nigeria he is free to ask for what the Igbos want..

  • Galantman

    No responsible government will sit down and allow criminals to continue destroying the economy,environment and kill bith civilians and soldiers without taking action. Let them have the BH treatment , it may not be palatable, but it will make them realise the stupidity of the actions.

    • Otile

      No responsible government will sit down and surround itself with a hopeless economic team and expect the country to prospers. An incompetent leader will always blame a previous administration for his shortcomings and attack his political opponents to deflect attention. Bad leaders usually kill so many people before their time is up, yet in the end no value will be added.

  • amazing2012

    100% support !

    • Otile

      Do you miss Abu Qaqa?

  • HAMZA

    ………..GO ON Baba. You have tried to hold yourself (slow and steady) despite the apparent amount of CONFUSION dealing with uncultured, greedy, unreliable, deceptive and inconcise criminals in the creek. You are a truly reformed democratised military general. But let all who so carelessly and deliberately refused to hear before, now feel the HEAT!!!

  • wode

    We need peace which needs to be paid for. Let the payment continue! Full payment, no need for discount.

  • IZON Redeemer

    I am laughing my head off————it serves the Niger Delta people and the so-called Itsekiri and Urhobo led MEND in the Niger Delta right—–I have said it severally that the alleged fake Aaron Team headed by Yoruba traitors like Soyinka–was a fabu—–lies from the pit of hell——-It was a waste of time—-Bingo Buhari will never reach out to the main freedom fighters in the South south–Never–!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!——–An Islamic Government ripping open the bellies of Ibos in the south east—will descend to the Saintly level of talking to their subjects—-slaves for that matter–in the SS?——–Look the Fulani ati Yoruba led Falling government of Buhari will never negotiate with any infidel in the Niger delta—————over the Oil wells owned by them Fulanis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates in the South South———-The 3 major ethnic groups in Nigeria–who have been paying lip services to the introduction of true fiscal federalism, will never allow such to take place——Is—It the Itsekiris or Urhobos now serving the interest of the Fulanis that will encourage such a parley with those regarded as the Osus of the Nigerian State the Ijaws—–in the SS AND—-the 4th largest tribe in Nigeria?————Imagine a government which has became so insane that they are comparing a Satanic Muslim FULANI CONTROLLED poverty stricken Jihadist group of Fulani cowhands in Boko Haram from Mali and Somalia——-to the economic tree of the failed Nigerian state———–The Ijaws have not killed one single individual in their struggle to free their people—–But already, the government of Buhari is crying–in the wilderness——-over the dwindling oil revenue into the leaking pckets of the Fulanis Yorubas and THEIR Ibo ERRAND BOYS in APC—– Whereas the Fulani Boko haram fighters have murdered over 100,000 native Nigerians from the North Central—-South East——Yet their evil activities have not had any effect on the economy——of the artificail state of 9ja—————Freedom is our goal–!!!!!It its better to be free and poor———–than remain slaves under the crude oil riches of the SS—-Animals——

    • Otile

      Deri orbuka de drunkard,
      Stop mocking Igbo victims murdered by Fulanis. The Fulani murderers were emboldened by Ijaw and Yoruba traitors. Remember how Thief Awolowo, Adaka Boro, and Soro Wiwa lead the fulani invaders into Igboland to murder women and children. Did you think the fulani vandals would stop at murdering Igbo alone? Insha Allahu, they will go ahead and decimate Ijaw, treacherous Yoruba, Tiv and their Kanuri collaborators. So mute it be.

  • agbobu

    THE ILL GOTTEN AND EVIL INTENDED PROCEEDS OF CRIMINAL AVENGERS IN NOW A
    VERY BIG BUSINESS, HENCE ALL THESE SHINANIGAN AND ‘ROFOROFO’.

    • Ibos aid buhari bury d truth

      ENUGU—The Igbo Youths Movement, IYM, has lamented that Fulani herdsmen have killed 710 other Nigerians excluding the 48 Agatu people in Benue State in the last 10 months without the Federal Government addressing the issue. IYM made this known while reacting to the Monday’s killing of about 40 indigenes of Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen last night. The statement signed by the Founder of the IYM and Leader of the South East Democratic Coalition, Evangelist Elliot Uko, entitled, ‘Ten Months of Carnage,’ read: “Between June 2015 and April 2016, Fulani herdsmen have killed over 710 Nigerians (excluding Agatu incident) in 48 recorded incidents, the highest in recent years. “For the first time, the nation’s Department of State Services, DSS, only interest in these avoidable blood baths, seems only to accuse one organization of killing five Fulani. That accusation is yet to be substantiated with photographs or at least a DSS invitation to media people to the graves in order to corroborate their allegations. “Monday morning, seven communities in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State received it hot, as usual from the rampaging Fulani warriors. Two churches, over 100 houses, dozens dead and hundreds injured with many still missing. “Nigerians do not expect any positive reaction from the Federal Government and the DSS, for obvious reasons.This bloodletting which began since the new government took over power is interestingly redefining how much faith, large sections of Nigeria should have in the ability or willingness of the Federal Government to protect them from this Fulani warriors, who clearly act as if they know that the Federal Government cannot (or is it, will not) save the helpless victims from their attacks. “But above all, the ongoing war by the Fulani herdsmen, have only confirmed Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, a prophet and visionary, who saw tomorrow. Mazi Kanu correctly predicted over the radio, what the Fulani would do to the Middle Belt, South East, South- South and the South West.

  • Say the truth

    Buhari is not a skillful speaker. Wrong approach and wrong speech as usual. The biggest problem of Buhari is his inability to speak strategically and intelligently. You will deal with militants they way you dealt with Boko haram. Have you been able to defeat boko haram?This is why we are where we are. Whatever happens to conducting such business quietly and tactically? Had the Obama made such noise when trailing Osama bin Laden the guy would probably still been alive.

    • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

      Quote “Have you been able to defeat boko haram?” Whoa!
      Are you in this country Nigeria?

    • Gbenga

      You are not been sincere sir. When last did you hear BH bombing and killing people? Some of you sentimental Nigerians are still shying away from the truth.

    • Powerlessconscious

      HYPOCRITE.

  • vagabonds in power

    ENUGU—The Igbo Youths Movement, IYM, has lamented that Fulani herdsmen have killed 710 other Nigerians excluding the 48 Agatu people in Benue State in the last 10 months without the Federal Government addressing the issue. IYM made this known while reacting to the Monday’s killing of about 40 indigenes of Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen last night. The statement signed by the Founder of the IYM and Leader of the South East Democratic Coalition, Evangelist Elliot Uko, entitled, ‘Ten Months of Carnage,’ read: “Between June 2015 and April 2016, Fulani herdsmen have killed over 710 Nigerians (excluding Agatu incident) in 48 recorded incidents, the highest in recent years. “For the first time, the nation’s Department of State Services, DSS, only interest in these avoidable blood baths, seems only to accuse one organization of killing five Fulani. That accusation is yet to be substantiated with photographs or at least a DSS invitation to media people to the graves in order to corroborate their allegations. “Monday morning, seven communities in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State received it hot, as usual from the rampaging Fulani warriors. Two churches, over 100 houses, dozens dead and hundreds injured with many still missing. “Nigerians do not expect any positive reaction from the Federal Government and the DSS, for obvious reasons.This bloodletting which began since the new government took over power is interestingly redefining how much faith, large sections of Nigeria should have in the ability or willingness of the Federal Government to protect them from this Fulani warriors, who clearly act as if they know that the Federal Government cannot (or is it, will not) save the helpless victims from their attacks. “But above all, the ongoing war by the Fulani herdsmen, have only confirmed Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, a prophet and visionary, who saw tomorrow. Mazi Kanu correctly predicted over the radio, what the Fulani would do to the Middle Belt, South East, South- South and the South West.———————————-

    • Mufu Ola

      Miscreants are always your leaders & heros.

    • ojo

      Typical idiotic mind thinking thru anus blinded by hatred. Writing what ever nonsensical rubbish thst comes your mind.

  • vagabonds in power

    stop deleting the truth

  • Decimator

    We have heard such scrap from BH(Buhari) sinonym BH(Boko Haram) before,NO NEWS,SORRY

    • Bishop

      If he was BH, how did arms funds end up in PDP accounts? Or have you forgotten what late Azazi said?

  • Wetin Naija

    Mr. President, please stop this your empty boosting

    • serubawon70

      Boosting?

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    Declare state of emergency in the Niger delta
    region but allow the Wike`s to sit as Governors
    and watch, if those miscreants continue to make
    noise. Jonathan did it in the North East and
    heaven did not fall! this is exactly the same situation.
    better listen to your Elders of face instant judgment.

  • Otile

    Shame on this uncivilized fulani man called Mohamed Buhari. He has never left the way of life of his stealing primitive tribe. He still believes he can murder whole tribes and steal their resources. Along with his fellow fulani tribesmen they are ravaging SE SS murdering people and stealing their belongings. The ravaging fulanis are dangerous to society.

    • Samadani

      Stop wailing on the net! Quickly take your machine gun and join your ilks in the creek to avenge. Hahahaha. Your want to test the might of gallant Buratai? Carry on!

  • IZON Redeemer

    I am laughing my head off————it serves the Niger Delta people and the so-called Itsekiri and Urhobo led MEND in the Niger Delta right—–I have said it severally that the alleged fake Aaron Team headed by Yoruba traitors like Soyinka–was a fabu—–lies from the pit of hell——-It was a waste of time—-Bingo Buhari will never reach out to the main freedom fighters in the South south–Never–!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!——–An Islamic Government ripping open the bellies of Ibos in the south east—will descend to the Saintly level of talking to their subjects—-slaves for that matter–in the SS?——–Look the Fulani ati Yoruba led Falling government of Buhari will never negotiate with any infidel in the Niger delta—————over the Oil wells owned by them Fulanis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates in the South South———-The 3 major ethnic groups in Nigeria–who have been paying lip services to the introduction of true fiscal federalism, will never allow such to take place——Is—It the Itsekiris or Urhobos now serving the interest of the Fulanis that will encourage such a parley with those regarded as the Osus of the Nigerian State the Ijaws—–in the SS AND—-the 4th largest tribe in Nigeria?————Imagine a government which has became so insane that they are comparing a Satanic Muslim FULANI CONTROLLED poverty stricken Jihadist group of Fulani cowhands in Boko Haram from Mali and Somalia——-to the economic tree of the failed Nigerian state———–The Ijaws have not killed one single individual in their struggle to free their people—–But already, the government of Buhari is crying–in the wilderness——-over the dwindling oil revenue into the leaking pckets of the Fulanis Yorubas and THEIR Ibo ERRAND BOYS in APC—– Whereas the Fulani Boko haram fighters have murdered over 100,000 native Nigerians from the North Central—-South East——Yet their evil activities have not had any effect on the economy——of the artificail state of 9ja—————Freedom is our goal–!!!!!It its better to be free and poor———–than remain slaves under the crude oil riches of the SS—-Animals——

    • Bishop

      Bingo! Funny you are bingo’s responsibility

  • Our name is Oh!

    This is fantastic news. In fact, it is ASTOUNDING!
    If you can see my ASS right now, you will see that it is ‘STOUNDING”!

    • Otile

      News of killing is always fantastic to Islamic terrorists and other ISIS agents.

  • Excisionist

    Niger Delta Militants vs Boko Haram

    Anyone comparing the Niger Delta Freedom Fighters to Boko Haram must be either drunk, sick or very very wicked.

    These people are not murdering unarmed civilians, destroying and places of worship ( including churches and Mosques) bombing markets or schools, abducting innocent women and children raping and maiming, razing towns and villages etc… All these and more are what Islamic terrorists Boko Haram from the north are doing.

    These people are asking for a fair share of what belongs to them which is currently being looted by Sunni Muslim oligarchs, scavengers and sponsors or Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists. These ungodly hypocrites who use terrorism to threaten Nigerians so that they can intensify the plunder and loots need to be punished.

    I was expecting to read how Buhari is going to handle the Fulani Herdsmen who are invading Enugu state.
    But Buhari is a shameless illiterate dog. That is why he aids and abates Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen while killing and burying innocent protesters in mass graves. That is why he now is trying to divert resources for fighting BH to fight people with a just cause who are not killing anybody

    The security forces (especially those from the NC, SW SS and SE geopolitical zones ) should not miss using this as opportunity to get rid of this illiterate

    • Adesina Sanusi

      it’s like you are not current, the militants were killing, raping and maiming unarmed civilians at Arepo and Ikorodu plus other neighbouring settlements in the creeks of lagos and ogun states, the militants are terrorists like boko haram so they must be given thesame treatment, they must be crushed and pursued to their criminal dens in the creeks.

      • Excisionist

        No, not at all. Buhari and fooolani jihadists are doing the killing and making people through propaganda to believe that the freedom fighters are doing it. Reason: To give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

        They cant just turn killers and maimers overnight much less against a potentially friendly region. It is not in their culture or upbringing.

        But is killing or maiming and destruction in the culture of Fooolani Mohammedans or Mohammedans in general? I shall take your answer for it !

    • excel

      If you fail to check in yourself into any psychiatric home closer to you means you doing yourself more harms than good. for you to call the criminal freedom fighters says it all. you need urgent attention before you run into the market.

      • Excisionist

        No answer for your type !

  • OlawaleWaseewKuteyi

    In the past 16 years, over 40billion dollars was disbursed thru federal government subvention and 13% derivation to the south south region, but their governors, traditional rulers and elders diverted the funds to the detriment of the common people.
    Ex prezzie Jonathan was at the helmet of Affairs for over 5 years but no meaningful things to show for it except bogus multi-billion naira contracts to some ex-militants.
    Now the people are blaming President Buhari’s for their woes.
    Am not in support of military invasion in any part of the country but no one or region should hold the country into any form of ransom, if military intervention will be the last resort in any part of d country then so be it.
    Niger Deltans should hold their elders responsible for their woes.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Once Buhari boards one of his half dozen presidential jets and lands in a foreign country, he starts issuing threats of military extermination and scaring investors . IT IS PERTINENT TO NOTE THAT HE HAS NEVER ISSUED ANY THREAT TO FULANI HERDSMEN WHO HAVE KILLED MORE NIGERIANS ON HIS WATCH THAN ANY OTHER GROUP. THYE REASON IS SIMPLE, BUHARI IS A FULANI AND COULD NOT BE BOTHERED IF HIS KINSMEN ARE THE KILLERS.

  • excel

    Let the criminal be treated just like the boko haram, any group or individual that raise arms against the nation is an enemy of the nation and must be treat so.

    • Agatu-Man

      What about FULANI HERDSMEN? Are they enemy of the nation or not? How should they be treated?

      According to the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani militants were the fourth deadliest terrorist group in 2014, using machine guns and attacks on villages to assault and intimidate farmers.. Over 1,200 people were killed in 2014 by different groups of Fulani herders. In 2016, more people died in clashes with the herdsmen than in Boko Haram attacks